LPC Library - Citation Style Guides - MLA, APA, Other!


These web pages will help you to cite the resources you use. You must cite the sources that you use to avoid plagiarism. All direct quotes must be cited; all ideas or facts taken from some other writer, even though in your own words, must be cited. It is PLAGIARISM if you copy another's words without quoting! If you paraphrase another's ideas or words without giving credit to the author, it is also PLAGIARISM!

The LPC guide to academic honesty and plagiarism can be found in the Las Positas College Academic Honesty Statement. The LPC Library also offers a Plagiarism Tutorial . Another good student guide from Indiana University's Writing Tutorial Services can be found at Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It.



NoodleBib Bibliography Composer - Generate, edit, and publish an MLA Works Cited list or APA References list that complies with the rules of the current MLA Handbook and APA Publication Manual. It is a Web application that allows you to create and edit MLA works cited and APA Reference Lists online. Add and edit references on the fly. It will take care of punctuation and producing a polished source list that's correctly formatted and ready to print!

Create a personal ID first. Every list that you create in NoodleBib will be stored in a personal folder that you open by entering a personal ID and password of your choosing. Follow the directions on the login screen to create your personal ID and open your personal folder, then click the "Start New List" button on the personal folder screen. Select MLA or APA Advanced and give your new list a short name that will distinguish it in your folder from other lists you will create. Under the "My Bibliography" tab, select the source of your first citation from the dropdown menu at the top of the screen and click the "Go" button. You will be guided through a series of forms, which ask you to enter the information you know about the source. Fill in the forms with as much information as you can, and click the "Generate Citation"button at the bottom when you're done. Your first entry will be displayed, correctly formatted.


NoodleBib Tip Sheets:

NoodleBib User's Guide

Guides to Writing Annotations

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography, Instruction, Research, and Information Services, Cornell University Library.

"An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited."

Writing an Annotated Bibliography , University Libraries, University of Toledo.

Includes: What is an annotation, elements of an annotation, structure of an annotation, format, step-by-step approach to annotating, and some diagrammed examples of annotations.


ACS Manuscript Templates - Journal of the American Chemical Society

For those of you who need to use the Journal of the American Chemical Society style, use this link which will guide you to several templates used by ACS:

ACS Style Guidelines Quick Guide - University of California Berkeley Library: Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Library..


Chicago Manual of Style

For those of you who need to use the Chicago Style Manual (based on Turabian), try these links:

Best in-depth online guide:
History: Documenting Sources - Chicago Style, links to finding sources, model notes and bibliography entries, Chicago manuscript format, and sample paper.

History: Overview - Researching in History, Research and Documentation Online, by Diane Hacker. How to do research in the discipline.

Chicago/Turabian Documentation, Writer's Handbook, The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin

The Chicago Manual of Style. 15th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2003. (Ref Z253 .U69 2003). This is the most complete and up-to-date guide to Chicago style.


CBE (CSE) Style

For those of you who need to use CBE scientific style, you may use:

Best in-depth online guide:
Sciences: Documenting Sources - CSE Style: Biology and Other Sciences, links to finding sources, CSE number system, reference list, manuscript format, and sample pages.

Sciences Overview: Researching in the Sciences, Research and Documentation Online, by Diane Hacker. How to do research in the discipline.

Writer's Handbook: CBE Documentation, The University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center.

McMillan, Victoria E. Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences. 2nd ed. Boston : Bedford Books, 1997. (Ref QH304 M36 1997).

Scientific Style and Format: The CBE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. 6th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994. (Ref T11.S386 1994)
This is the most complete and up-to-date guide to CBE style.


Many of these links were found through ipl2 (formerly Librarians' Internet Index).


Use the following links to access the LPC Library short guides to citing specific citation styles.

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